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MEMPHIS LEGAL PLACEMENT—the exclusive placement service of the Memphis Bar Association, MLP is currently accepting resumes for experienced Attorneys, Paralegals and Legal Secretaries for temporary and permanent positions. Please email resume and salary requirement to or fax to Mary at 901.527.3582.

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Buy a Cookbook to Benefit MALS!

“Cooking Up Justice,” a cookbook featuring recipes from members of the Memphis legal community, will soon be available. Proceeds from the sale of the books go to Memphis Area Legal Services, Inc. The cookbook is a project sponsored by Alpha Reporting Corporation. To reserve your copy today, contact Karen Byars at 901.523. 8974 or



NOTICE from Circuit Court, Division 2

Judge James Russell will not hold court this Friday, December 10, 2010. Any motions scheduled at 9:00 a.m. or domestic relations matters set at 10:00 a.m. will be continued to the following Friday, December 17, 2010.

Message from 2011 President John Cannon

I would like to express my thanks to all of you who came to the Annual Meeting last Thursday at the Racquet Club. I was remiss at the time in not acknowledging the hard work that our staff of Anne Fritz, Lesia Beach, Dottie McCallen, Mary Lynes and Charlotte Gean. did in making the meeting such a success. I also appreciate the support of our title sponsors, Bank Tennessee and IPSCO. I have had positive response concerning the venue, and I believe it was well-suited for our purposes. I would also like to thank those who have congratulated me on becoming President. I was aware prior to the meeting of the importance of the position of President, but the presence of such a large group of lawyers and past Presidents reemphasized what an honor you have bestowed upon me. I will do my best to live up to the example set by prior Presidents but will surely need your help in doing so. Thanks again for your presence and your support of our association.

Congrats to Our New Officers & Board Members & the 2010 Award Recipients!

At the MBA Annual Meeting on Thursday, December 2nd at The Racquet Club of Memphis, John Cannon of Shuttleworth Williams, PLLC, officially took reign as the 2011 MBA President. Gary K. Smith of Apperson Crump & Maxwell, PLC, and Linda Warren Seely of Memphis Area Legal Services, Inc., automatically succeeded to the positions of Vice President and Treasurer, respectively. Kirk A. Caraway of Allen Summers Simpson Lillie & Gresham, PLLC, was announced as the 2011 Secretary.
     New board members of the MBA Board of Directors include Sam Blaiss; Esq.; Lee Chase, Glankler Brown, PLLC; Ellen Fite, Esq.; Charlotte Knight Griffin, Memphis Light Gas & Water; Herman Morris, City Attorney’s Office; Evan Nahmias, McDonald Kuhn, PLLC; Tommy Parker, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC; Steve Vescovo, Thomason Hendrix Harvey Johnson & Mitchell, PLLC; and Shon Johnson, Black McLaren Jones Ryland & Griffee, PC, MBA Young Lawyers Division President.  story continued here

'Tis the Season for CLE!

The MBA has the answer to all your CLE needs! Our December calendar is loaded with seminars. Topics to be covered today though next Friday include bankruptcy, intellectual property, litigation, wellness, parliamentary procedure and negotiation strategies. We have something for everyone! See the CLE listings at right for details or visit to view our complete calendar of seminars.

Saturday Legal Clinic, Attorney for the Day Holiday Party This Weekend

Come enjoy some holiday cheer with the Access to Justice committee following this month's legal clinic!

On Saturday, December 11th, the MBA Access to Justice Committee will host a holiday party from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm for Saturday Legal Clinic and Attorney of the Day volunteers. The event will be held on the first floor of the Ben Hooks Public Library following this month's Saturday Legal Clinic, which will be held from 9:30 am to noon. There will be no official program at the event, just food and fellowship. For more information, contact Nancy Morrow at

Gen. Gibbons is Headed to Nashville

On Wednesday, Governor-Elect Bill Haslam announced the appointment of Shelby County District Attorney General Bill Gibbons to the position of commissioner of public safety and homeland security. The office duties include not only the state’s response to terrorism but also the Tennessee Highway Patrol and drivers’ license testing facilities. Gibbons will start in the state job on Jan. 15.
     In announcing the appointment, Haslam also announced he is appointing Deputy DA Amy Weirich to serve as District Attorney General until an election can be held in 2012. Weirich said she plans to run for the position in that election.
     Weirich was recently named to the No. 2 position in the office. She is the first woman to hold the office of District Attorney General in Shelby County. She is one of only four in the entire state. Weirich spent 20 years as a trial attorney before her recent move to the administrative side of the office.
     Gibbons told reporters he will remain a Memphis resident and commute to Nashville as well as keep a condominium there. He will also remain head of Operation Safe Community, the local anti-crime coalition credited with the city’s drop in crime.
     To read more from Bill Dries at The Daily News, click here.

Board of Law Examiners Change Grading of Bar Exam

The Tennessee Board of Law Examiners (BLE) announced Monday that beginning with the February 2011 Tennessee Bar Examination all essay scores will be scaled to the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE). A combined total of 270 points will be needed to pass it. The BLE statement says it will no longer regrade and send copies of applicants' unsuccessful essays to them as has been the practice, and that for unsuccessful examinees only, the board will report three scores: the overall total Tennessee Bar exam score, the MBE-scaled score and the total scaled essay score. The overall total score will be the sum of the MBE scaled score and the total scaled essay score.
     To read more from the TBA Today, click here.

YLD Annual Meeting Posters Still Available

Posters from the 2010 Young Lawyers Division Annual Meeting & Elections held at Alfred's on Beale on November 18th are still available for $20. The signed posters feature artwork by Memphis artist David Lynch ( and proceeds will help offset the costs of the annual event. To purchase a poster, stop by the MBA office at 80 Monroe Avenue, Suite 220, or call 901.527.3573.

Looking for a Gift Idea for the Lawyer(s) in Your Life?

The MBA still has several copies of “Bluff City Barristers”, a fascinating history of the Memphis legal profession written by attorney John Thomason. This coffee-table book will make a handsome addition to any home or office, and is now selling for $25. To order a book, contact the MBA office at 527.3573.
     Also, if you’ve misplaced your Pictorial Directory (or never received one), there are many directories still available. They are free to MBA members and $5 to non-members. Call or stop by the MBA office to pick up your copy.

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Attorney of the Day and Saturday Legal Clinic Schedule

Click here to view this week's schedule.

Volunteer Opportunities

Visit for a list of pro bono and other volunteer opportunities.

MATA Proposals for Legal Services Due Today

MATA requests proposals from firms qualified to provide legal services for a period of 5 years beginning about Feb. 1, 2011 and ending Jan. 31, 2016. Proposals will be received at MATA’s Purchasing Office, 1330 Levee Road, Memphis, TN 38108 until 10 a.m. on Dec. 9, 2010. Further information and proposal requirements may be obtained by contacting Shelia Maclin, Manager of Purchasing & Stores, at 722.7102.

Access to Justice Holiday Party, Dec. 11

On December 11th, the MBA Access to Justice Committee will host a holiday party from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm for Saturday Legal Clinic and Attorney of the Day volunteers. The event will be held on the first floor of the Ben Hooks Public Library. There will be no official program at the event, just food and fellowship. For more information, contact Nancy Morrow at

Services Dec. 11 for Dan Murrell 

Dan Stewart Murrell, 77, died Dec. 5, 2010 in the Allen Morgan Health Center at Trezevant Manor. After receiving his Juris Doctor degree from Ole Miss, he joined the General Crimes Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. and entered George Washington University School of Law where he earned the LL.M. He joined the faculty of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 1970 and taught there until 2001. He also served two years as university legal counsel. He was active in international law, spending time with the ABA's Center for Eastern European Legal Initiatives in Moldova and as a visiting professor in Budapest, Hungary.
     Mr. Murrell is survived by his wife of 53 years, Patricia Hillman Murrell; two children, Dan Hillman Murrell (Vicki) of Memphis and Susan Patricia Murrell (Dennis) of Flagstaff, AZ; and two grandsons, Daniel and Cody Murrell, both of Memphis. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 11 at St. Luke's United Methodist Church; the family will receive visitors afterwards at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to St. Luke's United Methodist Church, the Trezevant Manor Foundation, the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, or a charity of the donor's choice.

NBA Ben F. Jones Chapter Barrister's Ball, Dec. 18

The Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association is excited to announce its 2010 Annual Barristers' Ball & Scholarship Award Dinner on Saturday, December 18, 2010 at the Hilton Hotel on Ridgelake Blvd. This year, the chapter celebrates 50 years of service in the legal community. The President's Award this year is awarded to the Honorable H.T. Lockard and the Honorable Russell Sugarmon. Judge Lockard and Judge Sugarmon were an integral part of the group responsible for the formation of the Ben F. Chapter chapter of the National Bar Association. The Ball also serves as the organization's annual fundraiser which helps provide scholarships to law students at the Cecil C. Humphrey's School of Law. The reception begins at 6:30 with dinner and program at 7:30 p.m.  Help us honor our founders and continue our legacy by joining us this year at our annual gala. Great food, fantastic music and the opportunity to honor two great legends in the Memphis legal community. Tickets are $100.00 each. Please check the website at for details or 2010 Barrister's Ball Chairman Andre Mathis at or President Barbara L. Deans @ for additional information or ticket reservations.
Seating is limited so act fast!

Comments on Magistrate Judges due Dec. 31 

The current term of office of United States Magistrate Judge Tu M. Pham is due to expire in April 2011 and the current term of office of Magistrate Judge Diane K. Vescovo is due to expire on June 2011. The United States District Court is required by law to establish a panel of citizens to consider the reappointment of a magistrate judge to a new eight year term.
     The duties of a magistrate judge position include the following: (1) trial and disposition of civil cases upon consent of the litigants; (2)trial and disposition of misdemeanor criminal cases; (3) conduct preliminary proceeding in criminal cases; and (4) conduct various pretrial matters and evidentiary proceedings on delegation from the judges of the district court.
     Members of the bar and the public are encouraged to comment as to whether the Honorable Tu M. Pham and the Honorable Diane K. Vescovo should be recommended by the panel for reappointment by the Court. Comments should be directed to Thomas M. Gould, Clerk of Court, 167 N. Main St., Ste. 242; Memphis, TN 38103 or . Comments must be received by Friday, December 31, 2010.
     To view the official notices from the Court, please click here

Rotary's Dunavant Award Nominees due Jan. 15

The Rotary Club of Memphis East is seeking nominees for its 8th annual Bobby Dunavant Public Service Award, an event that honors distinguished work by public officials. Honorees are selected in two categories, one for elected public officials and the other for non-elected public officials. The deadline for nominations is Jan. 15. Nominations can be made through forms on the Rotary website at To read more about the award and view a list of past recipients, visit .

2011 Bench Bar Conference Returning to Tops’l!

You, the people, have spoken—so the 2011 Bench Bar Conference is returning to Tops’l Beach Resort in Sandestin, FL from May 4-8! The Conference will focus on how the economy is affecting clients’ expectations of lawyers and how lawyers can adapt to meet those changing expectations. There will be programming for everyone, regardless of your practice area: civil litigation, family law, transactional law, criminal law, ADR, bankruptcy, intellectual property or labor/employment. Along with the usual (white sand beach, sparkling blue water, social and sports events, hospitality suite, etc.), there are several new “tweaks” this year, including a pre-conference “event” to build interest in the conference; room sharing and ride sharing lists to reduce the cost of attending; and “dine arounds” at the conference so you can meet and get to know your colleagues. Mark the dates now and make plans to attend the 2011 Bench Bar Conference!

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CLE Seminars

December 9 through December 17

Chapter 11 Bootcamp
Sponsored by the Bankruptcy Section
Friday, December 10
12 – 3:15 pm
Bankruptcy Court, 200 Jefferson, 6th Floor
Speakers: Judge Jennie Latta, Michael Coury, Karen Dennis, Jacques H. Belet, III, Percy Baker, L. Alen Exelbierd, and Joel Giddens
3 hrs total: 2 general and 1 dual

Jury Selection, Opening Statement, and Closing Argument: Fundamentals to Insure Success
Tuesday, December 14
12 - 2 pm
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave., #220
Speaker: David E. Gordon, The Law Offices of David E. Gordon
2 hrs general

Annual John Dice Seminar
Wednesday, December 15
8:30 am - 4 pm
MBA Office, 80 Monroe Ave., #220 (moved from Fogelman Executive Conference Center, 330 Innovation Dr.)
Various speakers & topics.
6 hrs total credit: 1 Dual / 5 General

Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure
Thursday, December 16
12 - 1 pm
MBA office, 80 Monroe Ave., #220
Speaker: Bill Hardwick, Law Office of William G. Hardwick, II
1 hr general

Litigation Section Annual Seminar
Sponsored by the Litigation Section
Thursday, December 16
8:30 am – 5 pm
Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1 N. Front St.
Various speakers & topics.
7.5 hrs total credit: 2.25 dual / 5.25 general

The Importance of Intellectual Property Audits for Businesses
Sponsored by the IP Section
Thursday, December 16
4 – 5 pm
International Paper, 6400 Poplar Ave, Ponderosa Rm
Speaker: Roy Berkenstock, Wyatt Tarrant & Combs
1 hour general credit pending.

Gain the Edge! Negotiation Strategies for Lawyers
Friday, December 17
9 am - 4:30 pm
Springhill Suites, 21 N. Main St.
Presenter: Martin E. Latz.
6 hrs total credit: 1.5 dual / 4.5 general

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You can register online for these seminars by clicking on a seminar name above. If you have trouble registering online, a link to download a PDF version of the registration form can be found on the right side of each seminar web page. This form can be printed and either faxed (901.527.3582) or mailed to the MBA. Resources

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Buy a Cookbook to Benefit MALS!

“Cooking Up Justice,” a cookbook featuring recipes from members of the Memphis legal community, will soon be available. Proceeds from the sale of the books go to Memphis Area Legal Services, Inc. The cookbook is a project sponsored by Alpha Reporting Corporation. To reserve your copy today, contact Karen Byars at 901.523. 8974 or